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Music

We provide a platform for every age and ability, not only to compete, but to gain experience of a wider musical world, to share musical contributions, and to enjoy an extensive variety of performances.
Each year we welcome increasing numbers of audience and participants. If you love music, there will be something in our Festival to inspire you. Come and be part of it.

We extend a warm welcome to our Music Adjudicators for 2019

Melanie Spanswick, instrumental adjudicator
Melanie is a British pianist, composer, author, writer, teacher, adjudicator, and
arranger. She studied at the Royal College of Music in London where she won
many prizes and graduated with a Master’s degree in Performance Studies.
As an educator, Melanie has examined for the ABRSM and adjudicates for the
British and International Federation of Festivals, frequently giving master classes,
workshops and presentations throughout the UK and abroad, most recently in
Germany, the USA and the Far East. She regularly tutors courses at Jackdaws
Music Education Trust and Finchcocks Piano Courses, she also presents
workshops for EPTA (European Piano Teachers Association) and is faculty member
of the Overseas Masters Winter Piano Academy, held at the Yehudi Menuhin
School, and PIANO WEEK.
As a pianist, Melanie has performed and broadcast worldwide, giving recitals as a
soloist, chamber musician and accompanist at many music festivals and major
concert halls. She has made a solo recording at Wigmore Hall (for Opera Omnia),
has performed for the Queen Mother and Queen of Denmark, and has also
broadcast on Classic FM, BBC Radio and Swedish and Spanish TV.
As a writer and composer, she is published by major publishing houses: Schott,
Faber and Alfred. Melanie recently selected the repertoire for the Faber Music
Piano Anthology (Faber Music) and her piano guidebook, So You Want To Play The
Piano? (Alfred Music) has received much acclaim. Her piano course, Play it again:
PIANO (Schott Music), published in 2017, has been an international success, and
subsequent publications as part of this series will be released during 2019.
Melanie has made several extensive workshop book tours to Southeast Asia;
most recently to Malaysia, Singapore, Indonesia and Hong Kong, and she
presented at the 2017 UCSI University Piano Pedagogy Conference in Kuala
Lumpur (Malaysia).
Melanie is a regular contributor to Pianist magazine and Piano Professional
(EPTA), and her compositions have been featured on various piano syllabuses
and in publications around the world.
 
Andrea Calladine, Vocal Adjudicator
Andrea has a varied career as performer, teacher, conductor, coach and adjudicator in the main genres of singing to Musical Theatre. She studied initially at the Birmingham School of Music (now The Birmingham Conservatoire) gaining honours in Diplomas and was awarded many major prizes. As a singer, she has travelled widely at home and in Europe performing from her wide concert and oratorio repertoire. Today, she is happiest teaching Music Theatre where her skills in singing, acting and language can be combined. Andrea’s teaching commitments are divided between a very busy private practice, where she coaches many professional singers, and a leading Independent School. Andrea held the post of Central Area Representative of the Association of Teachers of Singing for four years and was the Association’s Conference Director from 2014 - 2018. She also is an Assessor/Mentor for the AOTOS Teacher Training course. Andrea is also in demand for Choral Workshops and Vocal Master Classes. Andrea is an active adjudicator member of the British and International Federation of Festivals, where she hopes to bring not only her wealth of experience as both teacher and performer, but also her love of singing, encouragement of the performers and, above all, a sense of humour!
Andrea is looking forward to adjudicating at the Highbridge Music Festival and also to hearing some wonderful singing from all of the performers.


Options for performance in the Elena Cobb Star Prize, 2019

P45 DUET, beginners – Grade 2. ONE DUET.
Choose your duet from any of the following publications:
1 My Piano Trip to London, Elena Cobb
2 Piano Star 1, ABRSM
3 Piano Star 2, ABRSM

P46 SOLO, Grade 3-5. ONE SOLO.
Choose your solo from any of the following publications:
1 Grooves for Piano Dudes, Heather Hammond
2 Piano Olé, Heather Hammond
3 A Hebrides Suite, Donald Thomson

P47 SOLO, Grade 6-8. ONE SOLO.
Choose your solo from any of the following publications:
1 Recital Piano Solos Book 1 or Book 2, Elena Cobb
2 Sam Wedgwood’s Project, Book 1 or Book 2
3 Scottish Waters, Donald Thomson

Although backing tracks are available for some of these pieces, they should not be used for your Festival performance.
Music is available from www.elenacobb.com or ABRSM suppliers.

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